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20 must-have statement necklaces

Other celebs seen recently in major neckpieces include

Other celebs seen recently in major neckpieces include Lea Michele at a FEED dinner. (June 19, 2013) Photo Credit: Jimi Celeste/PatrickMcMullan.com Jimi Celeste

Pssst. Want to know the secret to making a sure-fire fashion statement this summer? Simple. Wear a statement necklace.
"Once it was a favorite evening item, but now, a bold necklace can breathe life into a plain suit or take a plain T-shirt from drab to fab," says Karen Giberson, the president of the Accessories Council, a trade group.
The range of choices is staggering, with prices going from under $20 to thousands of dollars, and designs that run from wildly ornate to starkly modern, from sparkly bibs and chunky collars to pendants and masses of beads.
Here, 20 options we love, and a peek at how the celebs are wearing them.

Fiery teardrops make a big statement; $20 at
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Fiery teardrops make a big statement; $20 at select Dress Barn stores and dressbarn.com.

Candy colored stones and sparkly crystals amp up
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Candy colored stones and sparkly crystals amp up this bib necklace. $20.50 at Claire's.

Add a pop of color with this enamel
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Add a pop of color with this enamel necklace; $13 at Charming Charlie stores and charmingcharlie.com.

Rihanna draped in pearls at the Chanel couture
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Rihanna draped in pearls at the Chanel couture show in Paris. (July 2, 2013)

This swingy fringe bib necklace by Michael Kors
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This swingy fringe bib necklace by Michael Kors will amp up even the plainest of T-shirts; $225 at Michael Kors, Southampton and michaelkors.com

This lovely summer bouquet is comprised of oversized
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This lovely summer bouquet is comprised of oversized tortoise blooms, finished with sparkling crystal centers; $138 at select J.Crew stores and jcrew.com.

Jazzy gold-plated necklace by Mawi makes a strong
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Jazzy gold-plated necklace by Mawi makes a strong fashion statement; $400 at Century 21 Department Stores.

Nautically inspired rope necklace; $30 at select Ooh-la-la
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Nautically inspired rope necklace; $30 at select Ooh-la-la Boutiques and oohlalaboutique.com

Summer flowers are one thing, but this high-impact,
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Summer flowers are one thing, but this high-impact, gun-metal plated Dahlia necklace features sparkling Swarovski crystals is a year-round beauty; $695 at dannijo.com.

Simple, yet a real eye-catcher, Ippolita’s modern dogtag
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Simple, yet a real eye-catcher, Ippolita’s modern dogtag in rose gold can be layered with other pieces or worn alone; $795 at select London Jewelers stores

Vintage bib necklace includes chunky strands of blue
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Vintage bib necklace includes chunky strands of blue and gray beads entwined with faux pearls; $299.95 at Coldwater Creek, Smithhaven Mall and coldwatercreek.com

Michelle Obama is often seen in a dramatic
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Michelle Obama is often seen in a dramatic necklace, like this bold gold design she wore for a dinner during her recent trip to Africa. (June 29, 2013)

Former
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Former "Housewife" Jill Zarin says she's "obsessed with heavily embellished pieces," such as this Moroccan-inspired medallion from her own jewelry collection; $65 at jillzarinjewelry.com

Fashion maven Fern Mallis' extensive world travels have
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Fashion maven Fern Mallis' extensive world travels have inspired her accessories collections, with pieces like this multicolor beaded "Swag" necklace; $129.95 at hsn.com.

Airy multiple-stone drop necklace adds summer sparkle; $19.97
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Airy multiple-stone drop necklace adds summer sparkle; $19.97 at Century 21 Department Stores.

Dress up or down with this knockout Dunbar
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Dress up or down with this knockout Dunbar collar in oxidized silver featuring a collage of Swarovski crystals and mirrors; $1,095 at dannijo.com

A sea theme with multiple jeweled shells from
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A sea theme with multiple jeweled shells from Badgley Mischka; $775 at Sequin, Southampton. (July, 2013)

Other celebs seen recently in major neckpieces include
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Other celebs seen recently in major neckpieces include Lea Michele at a FEED dinner. (June 19, 2013)

Jewelry designer John Wind says a statement necklace
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Jewelry designer John Wind says a statement necklace often ends up "starting a conversation." Example: his Portobello Road Collectors necklace on which the designer, a devoted flea market hunter, has layered on the charms -- both vintage and reproductions -- including a gondola, a chauffeur tag from 1937, and a good luck elephant; $372 at maximalart.com

A guaranteed conversation starter? This vintage 1920s sterling
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A guaranteed conversation starter? This vintage 1920s sterling silver and onyx Deco pendant and link chain is from the estate of actress Ann Miller. $550 at Wit & Whim, Port Washington.

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